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[Weekender] The embattled state of satire

From Aristophanes of ancient Greece to the editorial staff of Charlie Hebdo, satirists and their trade have been an influential part of society throughout history.The genre has existed even before lit...

Updated : 2015.02.27 21:14

[Weekender] Political satire under threat

Only a month ago, the terror attack in Paris against satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that claimed more than a dozen lives sent the world into shock. What was rather shocking for university professor ...

Updated : 2015.02.27 21:07

[Weekender] A sword that cuts both ways

Satire, which was pushed to the fore following the Charlie Hebdo affair in January, is an irreverent art form that intends to shock, provoke and offend, aiming to elicit a change in perspective throug...

Updated : 2015.02.27 21:00

[Herald Interview] ‘Artists should be guaranteed unlimited freedom of expression’

Hong Sung-dam, a high-profile South Korean satirical painter, has likened the role of an artist to a rabbit in a submarine. Rabbits are sensitive to a lack of oxygen and were often taken aboard submar...

Updated : 2015.02.27 20:54

Four killed in Hwaseong shooting

A man shot dead two relatives and a policeman with a hunting rifle before killing himself on Friday, in the second shooting rampage in three days in the nation.A 75-year-old man surnamed Jeon opened f...

Updated : 2015.02.27 19:43

Ratio of deficit households falls to record low in 2014 as spending decreases

Less consumer spending and a rise in income caused South Korea's deficit household ratio to fall to a record low level in 2014, government data showed Friday, a sign that some economy watchers say is worrisome.  Analysis of household income and spending by Statistics Korea showed that 22...

Updated : 2015.02.27 10:41

Alcoholic beverage imports reach record $507 mln in 2014: report

Alcoholic beverage imports reached a record high of $507 million in 2014, fueled by steady demand for beer and wine, a government report said Friday.  According to the Korea Customs Service, last year's total represents a 9.5-percent increase compared to $463 million last year. The tally...

Updated : 2015.02.27 10:08

Nuclear watchdog decides to extend life span of 32-year-old nuclear reactor

South Korea's nuclear watchdog on Friday extended the operation of a 32-year-old nuclear reactor until 2022, drawing strong opposition from residents and environmental groups over its safety.  The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission made the decision in the wee hours of Friday morning...

Updated : 2015.02.27 09:25

Court scraps adultery ban

The Constitutional Court on Thursday struck down South Korea’s controversial adultery law, ending a decadeslong debate.In a 7-2 decision, the court ruled that the anticheating law breaches the indivi...

Updated : 2015.02.26 21:21

Watchdog briefs foreign firms on antigraft bill

The state-run anticorruption body on Thursday held a policy briefing for foreign businesses in Korea, at which it introduced antigraft policies to fight corruption including a hotly contested act agai...

Updated : 2015.02.26 21:13

Bone marrow cancer drug to be covered by state health insurance

An expensive drug for the treatment of myelofibrosis, a rare bone marrow cancer, will be covered by the national health insurance in South Korea starting next month.With the coverage, patients only have to pay 170,000 won ($154) compared to 6 million won, previously, for the same amount of...

Updated : 2015.02.26 21:13

Early diagnosis crucial for children’s optical health

Health experts recommended for all children aged 6 to 7 to get their eyes examined before attending elementary school, as developing eye diseases and conditions at a young age can lead to permanent vi...

Updated : 2015.02.26 21:11

Families of Sewol victims call for swift salvage of sunken ferry

Families of those missing in last year's Sewol ferry disaster began a one-person relay protest in Seoul on Thursday, calling for a swift and full salvage of the sunken ship.  Parents of Huh Da-yun and Cho Eun-hwa, both teenage girls who went missing in the ferry sinking, were standing al...

Updated : 2015.02.26 16:31

Regulator unveils steps to improve quality of household debts

South Korea's top financial regulator said Thursday that local lenders will start providing some 20 trillion won ($18.2 billion) worth of long-term fixed-rate loans next month to households seeking to refinance their mortgage lending at cheaper rates as part of an effort to improve the qua...

Updated : 2015.02.26 15:11

S. Korea repeals anti-cheating law

South Korea's Constitutional Court threw out a decades-old anti-adultery law on Thursday, reflecting a growing importance of personal choice over marital order in a traditionally group-oriented societ...

Updated : 2015.02.26 14:27